Related Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia atop jumbled letters

Parents are often confused by different labels and diagnoses that have been suggested to be a the root of their child’s learning or behavior difficulties.

More than seventy learning disability categories appear to be either related to dyslexia, or to be different manifestations of dyslexia.

The methods described in The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning have been used successfully to provide varying degrees of improvement for all the following conditions:

ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder):
The inability to maintain attention or focus on what is being presented. There is a genuine medical condition called ADHD, which prevents a person from maintaining attention on anything for long. However, Ron Davis feels that many children being currently diagnosed with ADHD are simply bored with the way subjects are taught in US schools.
Autism:
A condition that prevents a person from being in contact with outside reality. Based on his personal experience, Ron Davis describes it as “like super-dyslexia, only with more severe disorientations triggered by auditory stimuli.” The Davis approach to autism is detailed in the book, Autism and the Seeds of Change.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder:
This term is being increasingly used to describe individuals who have problems with listening, either in distinguishing sounds in their language or in comprehending the words they hear. Those who use this ‘diagnosis’ admit that they don’t know what causes it or what to do about it. We believe it is a result of disorientation and the inability of dyslexic people to think with abstract words.
Dyscalculia/Acalculia:
Difficulty with math or an inability to use numbers and do math.
Dysgraphia/Agraphia:
Difficulty writing or an inability to write.
Dysmapia (a new term coined by Alice Davis):
Difficulty with reading maps or finding places. It appears to be related to the confusion some dyslexics have with compass directions, spatial orientation, and directional words such as “left,” “right,” “up” and “down.”
Hyperactivity:
Inattention or “daydreaming” with the addition of physical motion by the student. Ron Davis’ theory is that this movement is caused by distortions in the senses of balance, movement and time when a student is disoriented.

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4 comments

  • The term “dysmappia” has been independently coined by many sufferers of this condition. Most of us spell it with 2 p’s. It is an interesting exercise to google “dysmappia” or dysmapia, and see how many people have independently come up with this term. I thought I was the only one, but have found many others who amazingly gave it the same name.

  • constance

    Is there relation between dexlexia & schizophrenia?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Dyslexia is a learning difference that is usually evident in early childhood, even though it might not be recognized until later. We would not consider schizophrenia to be similar to dyslexia or something that would be likely confused with dyslexia.

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